Tributes have been paid following the death of Louis Cataldo, the man who brought together two towns on either side of the Atlantic. The former police chief of Barnstable USA forged an enduring link with Barnstaple in North Devon and Massachusetts counterpart. He passed away on Friday aged 95 and his funeral was held yesterday (Tuesday). It was attended by members of Barnstaple Twinning Association including former town clerk Anne Jenkins. The Mayor of Barnstaple, Cllr Mrs Val Elkins, said he would be sorely missed and a letter of condolence was being sent by the council: The town council was saddened to hear of the passing of Louis Cataldo, a long-time friend of the town and a lynchpin of the enduring relationship between the twin towns of Barnstaple and Barnstable USA. He was a passionate historian and conservationist and in 2006 was awarded the title of Honorary Burgess by Barnstaple Town Council in recognition of his outstanding work in international relations. He was also a good friend of former Gazette reporter Jean Woodhams, who died last year, developed through her coverage of his many trips to North Devon and her own visits to America.A fascinating careerLouis lived in Cape Cod for 66 years and had a fascinating career, serving aboard the USS Randolph at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Tokyo Bay during World War Two. He served 25 years as director of the Barnstable County Bureau of Criminal Investigations, with high profile work including the Brinks Robbery and Boston Strangler. Louis loved the rich history of the Cape and served on numerous organisations for more than 60 years, helping to preserve and restore the areas heritage. He had a strong interest in Native American history and was made an honorary member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and was given the Indian name Talking Leaves. The Barnstable County Commissioners even named December 22, 2010, as Lou Cataldo Day in commemoration of Louiss efforts to preserve the history of Barnstable County. He is survived by three sons and four grandchildren.A lasting legacyFormer Barnstaple Mayor Ian Roome visited Massachusetts in 2010 and said: He will be sadly missed by the many who came to know Louis through his exchange visits and our thoughts must be with his family and friends at this time. He made us feel so welcome when we visited and it is a sad day for both towns. His dedication and work over the decades has left a legacy for future generations.